The deadline to file as a presidential candidate in Arizona is today. Here are 3 things to watch as the 5 p.m. deadline approaches.
Today the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) will consider whether the Citizen’s Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) has sufficiently curtailed its regulations in reaction to Proposition 306 passed by voters last year. If the preliminary sessions leading up to today’s vote are any indication, there will continue to be disagreement over CCEC’s role in campaign finance.
A well-intentioned bill has been introduced in the Arizona Senate to ensure the Secretary of State’s Election Procedures Manual does not stray from statute. But injecting the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council into the Manual’s review and approval process might be a cure worse than the disease.
Today, for perhaps the first time ever, the Maricopa County Elections Department will have its voting equipment tested by the Secretary of State’s Equipment Certification Advisory Committee. Neither the County nor its new equipment vendor have any experience surviving this gauntlet. There are some thorny legal issues if the equipment doesn’t pass.
The Arizona Attorney General announced today that a Pima County man pleaded guilty to attempted double voting in the 2016 general election.
Many jurisdictions across Arizona are holding local elections this November, so campaign signs are increasingly common on neighborhood street corners. But if those campaign signs are being reused from past elections, they might not be in compliance with new laws requiring more fulsome advertising disclaimers.